Currently I have three shows in rotation at work. Episodes of Rick Dees from 1984 onward in three-month intervals (to minimize song overplay), interspersed with available episodes of American Country Countdown and Countdown USA with John Leader. (I ran through the entire AT40/CT40 1970-2004 run a few years back so I'm taking a break from Casey for the time being. Eventually I'll jump into the AC and Hot AC shows.)
Post by dukelightning on Feb 23, 2014 16:24:05 GMT -5
Well my new year's resolution of hearing a show on its anniversary date every day (i.e. the 1/6/73 show on Jan. 6th, the 2/12/00 show on Feb. 12th) had to end at some point. And the other day it did when I had a stomach virus. Could have resumed yesterday but instead, I heard the OPUS 78 countdown. What is the OPUS 78 countdown, you ask? Well it was a yearly countdown of the top 100 songs of the year ostensibly based on the Hot 100 charts but not the same as any year end Billboard or AT40 ranking. This show was done by a familiar voice, Charlie Van Dyke. But it featured many unfamiliar voices since over half the songs featured 30-60 second interviews with the artists. Really enjoyed it especially since none of the songs were edited and a few had long versions played. This was an 8 hour show but whereas the same 8 hour Top 100 of 1978 on AT40 has a running time of about 6:25 without the commercials. The running time of this show came in at 7 hours. Obviously the difference is that AT40 ran more commercials...averages out to about 5 minutes more per hour. I had heard some of these OPUS year end countdowns earlier in the 70s. But by 1978 I was all about AT40 and never even tried to find the OPUS 78 show on the radio back then. What I also liked about this was that their survey period was closer to the calendar year. So songs that did not appear on Billboard's year end list like "MacArthur Park", "Double Vision", "How Much I Feel", "I Just Wanna Stop", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and even "Sharing the Night Together" which did not reach its peak until the first week of 1979, appeared in this survey. Top 5: 5. NIGHT FEVER 4. KISS YOU ALL OVER 3. LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER 2. SHADOW DANCING 1. STAYIN ALIVE
Post by dukelightning on Feb 24, 2014 20:06:57 GMT -5
It's AT20 2/24/2001 here on 2/24 and the trivia question in it is about as easy as you can get. Who had 10 consecutive #1s on the pop chart in the 90s? Celine Dion, Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey? Celine was shown some love though as "Because You Loved Me" was played as a LDD for the umpteenth time.
Umpteen? How bout 52 as in 52 weeks in the top 10 for Faith Hill's "Breathe". Wow is all I can write about that!